2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Swimming: August 6-13
- Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Barra Olympic Park, Rio de Janeiro
- Prelims – 9:00 a.m/12:00 p.m PST/EST (1:00 p.m local), Finals – 6:00 p.m/9:00 p.m PST/EST (10:00 p.m local)
- SwimSwam previews
- Day 1 Schedule & Results
- Live Stream (NBC)
The American women may have taken silver tonight (behind a world-record-setting Australian team featuring the fastest two women in the world, Cate and Bronte Campbell), but they threw down the fastest swim in American history for that second place: a 3:31.89 to outdo the previous record by nearly half a second.
Abbey Weitzeil swam the fastest split of the team, a second-leg 52.56 that was only outdone by the aforementioned Campbells, Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom, and defending Olympic champ Ranomi Kromowidjojo.
Also on the team was lead-off Simone Manuel, who led off faster than anyone else in the field with 53.36. After the last few years, it almost seems like Manuel should already have a whole resume of Olympic experience, but this was her first-ever Olympic event.
Swimming third was Dana Vollmer, taking on her second event of the evening after the semifinals of the 100 fly (53.18). Katie Ledecky served as the anchor in 52.79, winning the first of what could be an Olympic five medals for the week.
The previous record was a 3:32.31 set by Missy Franklin, Natalie Coughlin, Shannon Vreeland, and Megan Romano at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona.
It’s rare that over the course of just three years, the entire relay has seen a complete turnover to be four different swimmers. The Aussie relay broke their national (and world) record tonight from 2014; tonight’s swim featured three of the same swimmers from the previous record.